Spinball Whizzer

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Spinball Whizzer
Sonic Spinball.jpg
Alton Towers
Location Alton, Staffordshire, England, UK
Status Operating since March 27, 2004
Manufacturer Maurer Rides
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Spinning
Product Xtended SC 2200
Riders per train 4
Hourly capacity 950
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Area 180.4 feet × 203.4 feet
Height 55.8 feet
Length 1476.4 feet
Inversions 0
Duration 1:15

Spinball Whizzer is a steel spinning roller coaster located at Alton Towers in Alton, Staffordshire, England, UK. It was manufactured by Maurer Rides and opened in 2004.


Spinball Whizzer opened on March 27, 2004.[1] The ride was loosely based on a giant pinball machine.

For 2010, the roller coaster was repainted and renamed Sonic Spinball as part of a three year partnership with SEGA which also saw Sonic themed rooms added to the Alton Towers Hotel.[2] This was extended by another three years, with the ride returning to its original theme for the 2016 season.[3] It also received new theme music for 2016 from IMAScore.[4]


Spinball Whizzer is the only Xtended SC 2200 ever built by Maurer.


Single car trains. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 4 riders per car. The two rows sit back-to-back.

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